Leftover recipe ideas – Ham, leek and mushroom pie

20 March 2015 by

Mushroom pie

Tender ham plus veg in a creamy herb sauce topped with crispy pastry – this pie will be popular with the whole family. And there’ll be plenty of the ready-cooked meat left to make a quick rice main, a chunky ham sandwich or some nachos for a tasty supper.



Remove 600g (1lb 3oz) of ham from the cooked joint and cut it into bite-sized chunks. Wrap the leftover joint in foil or place in a lidded airtight plastic box and store in the fridge. Use within 2 days.

Preheat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C. Melt the butter in a lidded frying pan over a medium heat, add the mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes, then stir in the leeks cover and cook for 10 minutes more, until softened, adding the garlic for the last 2 minutes.

Next stir in the flour, then turn up the heat and gradually pour in the stock, stirring all the time. Bring to the boil and cook for a couple of minutes until the mixture thickens a little. Remove from the heat and add the crème fraîche, tarragon and ham and season to taste. Spoon the filling into a 2 litre (3 1/2 pint) pie dish and place it on a baking tray.

On a floured surface, unroll the puff pastry. Cut a pastry strip the same width as the lip of the dish, wet the edge of the dish with a little of the beaten egg and fix the strip around it. Brush the top of the pastry strip with egg, then carefully place the remaining pastry on the dish. Trim the edges of the pastry and crimp to seal. Cut a slit in the middle of the pie to allow the steam to escape. Use any leftover pastry to cut out shapes to decorate the pie.

Brush the pastry with the beaten egg and bake for 25‑30 minutes until risen and golden.

Plus- enough meat leftover for these tasty mid-week snacks:




Garden waste calendars

12 March 2015 by

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A reminder to all our garden waste customers – 

Calendars will be sent out in the next few days, they are not yet available to download online. 

If you have not registered for the garden waste service but would still like to, you have until July 31 to sign up for collections starting in September, just £41 for the year.

Get composting

6 March 2015 by


With spring just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get composting.

Composting saves money, waste and gives you a free supply of compost to keep your garden blooming year after year, using your kitchen and garden waste.


Dorset Waste Partnership has teamed up with getcomposting.com to provide reduced priced environmental products such as home compost bins, water butts and more.

Whats more, prices on compost bins have been reduced this year;

  • the 330 litre black composter is now £19.98 (£22.98 in 2014)
  • the 220 litre black composter is now £17.98 (£19.98 in 2014)

For more information contact get composting .



13 February 2015 by

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Confusion over date labels is common  only 36% of us correctly understand the term ‘Use By  and by getting dates in a muddle, we can easily end up throwing away food that is perfectly edible or eating food that is potentially unsafe.

Just under half of the good food and drink that we end up throwing away (worth £5.6 billion) is because we don’t use it in time: thrown away because it has either gone off or passed the date on the packaging.  By getting the dates to work for us, we can eat safely, take control, and also save money.

Here’s little reminder from Love Food Hate Waste:

Hot Dates to Remember

The most important dates are the following

  • The ‘Use By’ is there for your safety and is only found on foods where there is a safety risk.  Therefore food should not be eaten past this date, but it can be eaten or frozen right up to it.
  • The ‘Best Before’ date relates to quality – it will be at its peak condition at this time – food will still be safe to eat after the date, but it may not be at its best.
  • The ‘Sell By’ and ‘Display Until’ dates are just for the shops for internal stock control not shoppers so they can be safely ignored. If others in your house always throw food away at its Sell By scribble it out – just make sure you leave any Use By clearly displayed. Also try writing an ‘opened on’ date to milk or juice so that everyone knows how long they have to use them.

Fight the food waste freeze

30 January 2015 by

freezingWith temperatures dipping to freezing, here’s a little reminder to use the compostable liners in your food waste bin or line your bin with newspaper. Not only does this keep your bin cleaner, it also means food waste doesn’t stick to the sides when there’s a frost, making it difficult for the crews to empty.

Don’t forget:

We can collect all types of food waste

  • Meat, fish and bones
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Dairy
  • Bread
  • Pasta and rice
  • Tea bags
  • Coffee grounds
  • Eggshells

Read more about our food waste collection service.

Christmas recycling and rubbish dates

16 December 2014 by

The following table shows all revised Christmas and New Year collection dates in Dorset (not including Bournemouth and Poole):

Normal collection day

(recycling and rubbish)

Revised collection day

(recycling and rubbish)

Thursday 25 December Saturday 27 December
Friday 26 December Monday 29 December
Monday 29 December Tuesday 30 December
Tuesday 30 December Wednesday 31 December
Wednesday 31 December Friday 2 January
Thursday 1 January Saturday 3 January
Friday 2 January Monday 5 January
Monday 5 January Tuesday 6 January
Tuesday 6 January Wednesday 7 January
Wednesday 7 January Thursday 8 January
Thursday 8 January Friday 9 January
Friday 9 January Saturday 10 January

New year, new start on food recycling.

12 December 2014 by

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UK households throw away a massive £12 billion worth of food each year. By taking a few simple steps to avoid wasting food the average Dorset household can save up to £50 each month and contribute to the same environmental impact of taking 1 in 5 cars off the road!


Top 4 tips to reducing food waste:

  1. Make a shopping list and only buy what you need. We tend to overbuy and overcook and it can lead to food going to waste.


  1. Make the most of your freezer – Freezing leftovers on the day they were cooked means they can be eaten up to a month later.


  1. Check your dates – Try and cook food with earlier dates first. Never eat food past its ‘use by’ date but ‘best before’ dates should be safe to eat later on – it just may no longer be at its best.


  1. Plan meals in advance – Plan your meals over a few days, checking what you have and need to get so that you can use up anything left in the fridge or cupboards can help make sure everything gets used up.


Dorset Waste Partnership provides food recycling collections, helping to ensure that not only is waste food kept out of landfill, it is being used as a resource. Food can be put in the bin loose, in compostable liners or wrapped in a couple of sheets of old newspaper.

Have a waste free Christmas

11 December 2014 by

Jingle All The Way to the Recycling Bin

With all the presents, parties and puddings over the Christmas period it can sometimes lead to a lot of leftovers, of the packaging and food kind. So we have got some handy and helpful tips on reducing, reusing and recycling this Christmas.


  • Count down to Christmas by eating food from the freezer. It clears space for leftovers and makes use of what’s already there, saving money in the run up to the celebrations
  • Leftover food is always around at Christmas, so check out the Love Food Hate Waste website for lots of festive treats made from leftovers. You can put anything you can’t use in the brown bin for food and garden waste.
  • A whole range of jars – from cranberry sauce to baby food – can all be recycled: just give them a rinse in your leftover washing up water and recycle them at your local recycling site.
  • If you’re having visitors to stay this Christmas, let them know where your recycling bin is and what goes in it. You can also get the kids involved in the household recycling routine while they’re on Christmas holidays
  • Remember there are lots of unexpected Christmas items you can recycle like sweet tins, tin foil and aerosols.
  • Don’t forget that you can recycle your Christmas cards when you take them down. You can put them in the recycle bin with your paper and card recycling.
  • Wrapping paper can also be recycled in the blue bin, as long as its not the metallic or plastic kind



Real Christmas trees will be collected during January in some parts of Dorset or can be taken to a local household recycling centre to be composted.

Please remove all decorations from your tree before disposing of it. Fake or plastic Christmas trees will not be collected.

If you subscribe to the garden waste collection service, you can cut your real tree into small pieces and put it in your garden waste bin for your first collection in January.

Leftover recipe ideas – Braised Christmas chicken

5 December 2014 by


braised christmas cThe mulled wine flavours the chicken is cooked in smacks of Christmas and is delicious served with a creamy leek mashed potato or baked potato or you could even serve it with couscous. Accompany with seasonal vegetables or braised red cabbage.


  • 75cl bottle red wine
  • 1 mulled wine spice bag (or use 1 cinnamon stick, 2 cloves, 4 coriander seeds, little nutmeg and 2 all spice wrapped in a muslin bag)
  • 2 washed and scrubbed Satsumas studded with 4 cloves each
  • 2 tablespoon dark muscavado sugar
  • Salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 12 chicken thighs or legs
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon plain flour
  • 100g dried cranberries
  • 300ml chicken stock


  1. Put the wine, mulled wine spice bag, Satsumas and sugar in a pan. Bring to the boil and bubble until the mixture has reduced, about 10 -15 minutes. Add the Satsuma studded with cloves.
  2. Season the chicken skin and in a large pan, heat the oil and fry the chicken pieces until golden. Add the onions, garlic and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  3. Add the flour and cook, stirring, for 1 min before adding the reduced wine and stock. Bring the mixture to the boil, then cover and cook at 200°C (400°F) mark 6 for about 1 hour, the sauce should be could be the consistency of gravy.
  4. Uncover the casserole, stir in the cranberries and cook for a further 30 minutes. Remove the Satsuma and put into the compost bin. Serve the casserole immediately.

To freeze: Make the recipe up to the end of step 3. Cool then put into a freezer proof container, label and freeze for up to 3 months.

To use: Thaw over night, put into a flameproof casserole, slowly bring to the boil on the hob. Add the cranberries and reduce to a gentle simmer. Cook for 30 min or until heated through.


Save money and be green this Christmas

4 December 2014 by
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Here’s some ideas and tips to save money and be good to the planet this festive holiday.

Reuse wrapping paper

Don’t throw away wrapping paper – re use it instead. The bigger pieces can be flattened out and used again (kids especially won’t notice the same paper being used year on year), or made into reusable paper gift bags.

Smaller pieces can be used to make gift tags, festive envelopes or used to revamp Christmas decorations for use next year.

Particularly creased pieces can be shredded to provide protective cushioning for gifts throughout the year – or to protect delicate Christmas decorations while in storage,


Reuse or recycle your Christmas cards

Similarly, keep your favourite Christmas cards to one side to recycle into gift tags or recycled decorations next year. Cut others into narrow strips to use as shopping lists – the card is easier to write on than paper when you’re on the go. Keep large cards for crafts – for when you need thin but strong card. There are lots of different ways to reuse them.

If you can’t see yourself reusing them, plenty of high street shops have recycling collection bins especially for cards – typically WHSmith, Tesco and M&S – often with a donation going from the store to a related charity  for every bin of cards collected. Some charity shops also collect cards for reusing/upcycling into gift tags and the like.

Give away unwanted gifts & replaced items

Don’t wait until you spring clean – de-clutter now while all the new additions are fresh in your mind.

Give away items that you don’t want or won’t use, or old items that have been replaced by something shiny and new – the sooner you give it away, the sooner someone else will get some use out of it, and it might stop them having to buy new-new in the January sales


Be kind to your Christmas decorations

Store them away carefully and you’ll be able to use them year on year – meaning less waste going to landfill and reducing your need to buy new stuff.

As well as shredded wrapping paper, you can use packaging (such as moulded expanded polystyrene foam and formed plastic) from new toys or gadgets to protect delicate items. Wrap tinsel and strings of Christmas lights around a kitchen roll tube or a plastic bottle to avoid tangling. Label boxes so you can find them again easily.

If you don’t have any space for storage, don’t throw away decorations – pack them away neatly and offer them on Freecycle/facebook sites


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